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Dr. Elizabeth Sayrs serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost of Ohio University

Executive Vice President and Provost

Welcome to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

The Executive Vice President and Provost reports to the president and has major responsibilities for academic programs, university budget planning, research and coordination of internal university matters with the vice presidents. In addition to the office's executive and support staff, all deans report to the EVPP.


Provost Updates

As we approach fall semester, the provost wanted to provide brief updates on the following topics:

  1. COVID-19 attendance policy
  2. Supporting absent students, especially during the first few weeks
  3. Class changes in modality
  4. Supporting students in distress
  5. Reminder of upcoming Diversity and Inclusion opportunities

View the full information on these topics [PDF]

Academic Planning and Strategy Initiative

Elizabeth Sayrs

Academic excellence is foundational to OHIO’s success as an institution of higher learning. Provost Sayrs unveiled the Academic Planning and Strategy initiative in fall 2020 and more than 60 OHIO faculty members self-nominated to develop recommendations about strengthening and refocusing the academic core of our University. Please share your feedback and engage in the process.

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COVID-19 Updates for Faculty

Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Faculty and Academic Planning

We play a key role in ensuring that academic excellence and high professional standards are hallmarks of Ohio University. Responsibilities include processes for program and curricular changes; academic program review and assessment; faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure; student tuition appeals and more. The office provides valuable resources for new and established faculty; deans, chairs, and directors; and students.

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Accreditation at Ohio University

Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). While over 30 of the University’s academic programs are accredited by their own specialized accreditors, Ohio University as a whole is accredited by HLC; all of the University’s programs and units are covered by this institution-wide accreditation. HLC offers three different pathways to institutional accreditation. They are the Standard Pathway, the Open Pathway, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP, soon to be phased out) pathway. Ohio University has been in AQIP since 2002. The next HLC Comprehensive Evaluation and visit will occur no later than Fall 2024.

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News and Information

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Friday, September 23
At the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion presented a half-day workshop on inclusive pedagogy. 
Friday, September 9
The new course evaluation technology is set to be implemented over the next academic year.
Thursday, September 8
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs has announced that Dr. Carey Busch has been appointed as the interim vice provost for student success.